51210 Class 101 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Wensleydale Railway

Location History

Wensleydale Railway Nov 04-Present

Current Location

Wensleydale Railway



Current Status

Under Repair

Visited Railways

Doncaster Roberts Road (Tyre Turning) Aug 14

Current Livery

BR Blue (Full Yellow End)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

59509 & 51400




Wensleydale Railway PLC






Record Last Updated

25 December 2016


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
Preserved as a complete set 101678 with 50746, the vehicle was introduced into passenger service quickly at Wensleydale and was later formed into a hybrid 3-car using Class 117 59509. However due to maintenance sets were noted as often being reformed.

Extensive use of 51210 as vacuum braked hauled stock for steam locomotives was also made.

In 2006, 51210 was repainted into a non standard blue & cream, retaining its set number on the cab end.

In 2011, the driver's side of 51210 was repainted into BR Blue, with the other side following suit a year later.

In 2012, 51210's partner was withdrawn from traffic awaiting overhaul. 51210 continued in service however, now partnered with Class 117 51400 as a spare set for the railway's Class 110 set which was returned to front line service.

By 2014, the vehicle had been removed from service for repairs. In August, 51210 was sighted at Doncaster Roberts Road, visiting for wheel tyre turning.

51210 was released back into regular traffic for the 2015 season, working as a 3-car set with Class117's 59509 & 51400. However it back out of traffic for bodywork repairs less than 12 months later.

Future Plans
To maintain in service


Stabled in the yard behind a Class 20 at Leeming Bar, 4/7/15. Richard Thornton


After spending most of 2014 out of service for repairs, 51210 is seen at Leeming Bar operating services again, 30/12/14. Brian Battersby


51210/59509/51400 stabled at Leeming Bar, 1/1/13. Martin Clarke


E51210 & 51400 in service at Leeming Bar, 8/11/12. Barry Wetherell


E51210 alongside 51353 at Leeming Bar, 18/10/12. Barry Wetherell


E51210 alongside spares donor 51247 at Leeming Bar, 18/10/12. Barry Wetherell


51210 rests between runs at Redmire, 14/6/11. Dan Froggatt


51210 in service at Leyburn, 26/2/11. Dan Froggatt


51210 on a service train at Bedale, 15/1/11. Dan Froggatt


51210 arrives into Leyburn, 6/11/10. Dan Froggatt


51210 in service at Leeming Bar, 24/10/10. ARDcoasters.com


51210 in service on the Wensleydale Railway, 24/10/10. ARDcoasters.com


51210 out of service having some mechanical work undertake in the yard at Leeming Bar. On the right is one of the vacuum braked Mk1 coaches that it is planned will replace the current practice of using the DMUs as steam hauled stock during the summer season, 21/8/10.Chris Moxon


Rear view of 51210 out of service having some mechanical work undertake in the yard at Leeming Bar, 21/8/10. Chris Moxon


51210 in service at Leyburn, 12/9/09. Dan Froggatt


51210 stabled at Leeming Bar, 28/10/08. John Carter


51210/59509/50746 in service at Redmire, 18/9/08. John Carter


A similar view to the one below just under a week later, with a nice sprinkling of snow. 23/2/05. Mark Grimes


Class 101 DMBS 51210 seen at Redmire on the Wensleydale Railway, 17/2/05. James Addison